Consumers Reports, the largest independent product testing organization in the world, has released their Annual Auto Reliability Rankings. Using surveys returned by their subscribers, Consumers Reports complied reliability histories on vehicles and predicted how well new cars currently on sale will hold up in the coming years. A green and gold Consumer Report's stamp is a highly coveted seal of approval in the auto industry.
For more than a decade Japanese brands have had a lock on most of the top spots on the list, though this year Korean, American and European companies managed to crack the top ten.
General Motors improved more than other domestic car company, with its GMC brand rising three places to the number nine spot. Other American car makers didn't fare so well in the study. Ford's infotainment issues, along with the C-Max MPG rating debacle tanked confidence in the automaker. Ford and Lincoln finished 26th and 27th out of the 28 companies listed.
Head through to see the top seven most reliable models from the most reliable car makers.
7. Volvo XC70
Sticker Price: $34,500 - $45,650
Invoice Price: $32,430-$42,911
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
Volvo had a meteoric rise on the Consumer Report's list this year. The Swedish carmaker jumped 13 spots to make it to seventh place on the reliability report. In fact, every model from Volvo earned an average or better than average rating. The Volvo XC70 is an impressive versatile wagon. It's smooth, stable, secure, fast and very comfortable on the open highway.
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6. Infiniti G Sedan
Sticker Price: $32,550 - $52,750
Invoice Price: $30,167-$48,828
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
The Infiniti G includes the Infiniti G37 coupe, the G37 sedan, G37 convertible and a high-performance IPL G, all of which use the indomitable Nissan 3.7-liter V6. There's also an Infiniti G25 entry level model that comes with a 2.5-liter V6. Infiniti rose three places this year to cement itself as one of the top ten most reliable car brands.
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Sticker Price: $20,140 - $24,670
Invoice Price: $19,263-$23,593
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
Although it's technically a subcompact crossover, the Mazda5 is basically a mini-minivan, with sliding doors and a vertical liftgate out back. It's tiny, yet versatile, seating up to six passengers or hauling just about any type of cargo, thanks to its two rows of folding seats. Mazda actually dropped one place this year, perhaps due to several recalls, but still stays put in the top ten.
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4. Audi A6
Sticker Price: $43,100 - $57,500
Invoice Price: $39,290-42,658
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
No surprise here. Audi has a reputation as a leading German automaker in excellent engineering. With Mercedes-Benz in the 13th spot and BMW two spots below that, Audi is miles ahead in European reliability. The Audi A6 continues a legacy of dynamic excellence and exceptional comfort, with impressive attention to detail inside and out. And considering the multiple trim levels and options, there is definitely a A6 out there for everyone. All you have to do is find the room in your budget for the luxury vehicle's hefty price tag.
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3. Acura TL
Sticker Price: $36,060 - $39,580
Invoice Price: $29,011-$35,809
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
The Acura TL made it to number three this year, up from number seven. It's is a dynamic mid-sized sedan with a winning combination of performance and luxury, offered in a choice of either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive configuration. Honda's luxury brand feels right at home among Audi and Infiniti offerings.
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2. Toyota Prius
Sticker Price: $26,750 - $30,395
Invoice Price: $24,482-$26,126
Fuel Economy: 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway
The Toyota prius has held fast to its place as the second more reliable car in America for another year and remains the gold standard for green vehicles. The Prius is available in five trim levels - Prius Two, Prius Three, Prius Three SE, Prius Four and Prius Five. All trim levels employ Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive. There are several other incarnations of the Prius as well, including an all electric plug-in model and a subcompact.
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1. Lexus ES 300h Hybrid
Sticker Price: $39,350
Invoice Price: $36,861
Fuel Economy: 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway
Lexus is Toyota's luxury brand, and the Japanese automaker's name has been practically a synonym for quality and reliability. So it's no surprise that Toyotas dominate the top two positions on the Consumer Report's list. The ES 300h isn't just reliable, it's safe as well. The hybrid earned the highest ratings in each of the government's crash evaluations, including overall driver safety, frontal crashes and overall side impacts. While the sedan only achieved a four-star rating in the NHTSA rollover protection test, the fault wasn't enough to keep the vehicle from earning a five-star designation overall.
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